The Best Insulation Tips and Practices
All the things you need to know about attic insulation
Insulation is not something that is brought up in most conversations, yet the majority of homes in the United States don’t have enough insulation causing significant air leaks. In fact, if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home’s envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year! Your home’s “envelope” is any place that air can leak out of, such as the outer walls, windows, doors, and other openings. Leakage wastes a lot of energy and increases your utility costs greatly. A well-sealed envelope combined with the right amount of insulation can make a huge difference on your utility bills. Here are some other tips you you should know about your attic’s insulation.
Make Sure You Have Enough Insulation
Did you know that Florida is actually the hottest state in the United States? Needless to say, living here would be miserable without an air conditioner which is why most people living here have one. The problem is, many homeowners in Florida are paying more than they need to on their cooling bills because their attic insulation is insufficient.
One way to tell if you have enough insulation is by knowing your attic insulation’s R value. R value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it; the higher the R value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. In Florida and other states with a very hot climate the recommended R value is 30. Be sure to ask whoever installed your insulation what R value the insulation carries and make sure it meets Florida’s standards.
Always Use Blown-In Insulation to Prevent Leakage
The best type of insulation hands down is blown-in fiberglass insulation. Conveniently that’s exactly what we carry here at ProMag. Our insulation is called Pink Panther Pro Pink blown-in insulation, is almost 12 inches thick, and carries an R 30 rating which is the perfect thickness for a hot climate state like Florida. Basically there’s little to no chance that any air can leak from your home’s attic envelope, meaning you’re not spending extra money on the cool air that’s leaking out into unwanted areas of your home.
When In Your Attic, Dress Appropriately
Fiberglass is the name for a man-made fiber and also may be called fibrous glass or glass wool. The main fiber-forming substance in fiberglass is glass which can be very irritating to your body if you come into contact with it. So if your home is one of the many with fiberglass insulation it is best to be wearing protective clothing. At a minimum you should dress in a long sleeved shirt, some pants, as well as some gloves. As an extra precaution you may want to wear some protective eyewear and some kind of facial mask because breathing in glass fibers could severely damage your mouth, esophagus and lungs. Other harmful effects from exposure to fiberglass can be different depending on the fiber size and type of exposure. Larger fibers have been found to cause skin, eye and upper respiratory tract irritation. The point is, you need to be extra aware and take precaution when you’re near fiberglass.
The best safeguard to the effects of fiberglass is to never really go near it. At ProMag Energy Group we have team of licensed HVAC professionals ready and willing to the dirty work for you. Give us a call today so we can go over your attic’s insulation and let you know if it’s helping or hurting your air conditioner’s performance.